Space Test Chamber
07 Oct 2015
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On Thursday 24 September RAL Space took the delivery of STC-2, the new 5 metre Thermal Vacuum Chamber. At 6 metres in length and 5 metres in diameter, it is the largest chamber of its kind in the UK, and is the third largest in Europe.

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This new facility will allow RAL Space to meet the exacting needs of customers and collaborators and provide capability for the needs of the next generation of spacecraft and instruments. The chamber is capable of reaching temperatures ranging from -180oC to + 150oC, ensuring that instruments tested at the facility are able to withstand the extreme conditions experienced in space.

The Sentinel 4 UVN (Ultra-violet/Visible/Near-infrared) instrument for the European Space Agency’s Copernicus programme will be the first instrument due in the chamber; with testing due to begin in late 2015. This programme is dedicated to monitoring the composition of the atmosphere, providing information on air quality, stratospheric ozone and solar radiation, and climate monitoring.

The chamber was built and installed by the Dutch firm, Exotech, whose engineers have been responsible for checking and testing the chamber since it was moved into the building. 


STC-2 Delivery Timelapse

On Thursday 24 September RAL Space took the delivery of STC-2, the new 5 metre Thermal Vacuum Chamber. At 6 metres in length and 5 metres in diameter, it is the largest chamb​er of its kind in the UK, and is the third largest in Europe!

Watch the time lapse video, created by project manager Vishal Francis, of the installation of the first space test chamber, STC-2.


For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries

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